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Drug War Activists Speak Out Against 'Failed' Policies (PHOTOS)

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Javier Sicilia, poet and leader of the Mexican anti-drug group Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, picks up a poster to lead a 50-cross procession at Loyola Marymount University on April 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The procession led by Sicilia was to raise awareness on the drug wars in Mexico and the United States and to protest drug-related killings, with each cross representing 1,000 victims. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) | Getty Images

In December 2006, Mexico’s newly elected President Felipe Calderón declared war against Mexican drug cartels -- words he cemented by sending over 4,000 troops to eradicate narcotraffickers and the cartel violence that had taken hold of his home state of Michoacán.

Almost six years later, the wave of violence in Mexico persists and continues to spread, with government entities recording 21,500 homicides in the first half of 2012, compared to the 25,000 homicides during Calderón’s first full year in office, according to the Associated Press.

But the human toll of the Drug War lies far beyond the U.S.-Mexico border, spreading across the entire Western Hemisphere, no longer only afflicting countries known as the main producers and consumers of the narcotics, but those caught in the middle of the illicit drug trade as well.

Activists against the drug war have therefore also needed to cross these borders, figuratively and sometimes literally leading caravans for peace or banding together in advocacy groups to fight for alternative solutions to the war on drugs and its consequences. Some say legalization, others decriminalization, but all of them ask for peace. Here are some of the faces speaking out against “failed” drug policies in their search for an end to the war.

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